Mearl Lake Orchestra to provide music for Big Band Dance at CJBF

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Headlining this year's Big Band Dance at the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival will again be The Mearl Lake Orchestra, who have performed at CJBF several times.

The Mearl Lake Orchestra has enjoyed the opportunity to provide great music in the "big band" style for the dancing public for close to 80 years, beginning in the mid 1930's and continuing to the present day, with the current 11 member orchestra.

The Mearl Lake Orchestra

Highlights in the band’s history include playing several years for the Sioux City and Omaha Shrine Potentates Ball, two years as the featured "Big Band" at the Mitchell, SD Corn Palace, citation as "Outstanding Ballroom Performance" by the National Ballroom and Entertainment Association (NBEW) in 1978, and performing for then- President George H.W. Bush during his 1992 visit to Sioux City.

The current lineup of the Mearl Lake Orchestra includes founder Mearl Lake’s son Darrell Lake (leader), Dustin Bliven, Jim Schroeder, Cliff McMurrey,(Cherokee Middle School Band Director) Casey Kingdon, Keith Krueger, Kevin Massey, Dan Hutchinson, Jerry Houpt, Arnie Grindberg and Janice Ames.

The Big Band Dance at the 2017 Cherokee Jazz & Blues Festival will take place at the Western Iowa Tech Conference Center, 200 Victory Drive, on Saturday January 21, 2017, from 6 - 9 p.m.

And don’t forget to bring your “dancing shoes!”

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